Tips to Promote an Active Lifestyle for Your Kids
A big part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is staying active. It is one thing to keep active as a single adult, or even as a married couple, but trying to keep your kids active is a whole different ball game. Between jobs, errands and distractions of everyday life, it is easy to defer to television and iPads when things get chaotic. While there is nothing wrong with that from time-to-time, when it cuts into your kid’s activity level, this can have a negative impact on their health. If you can relate to this challenge, read on to learn some ways to promote an active lifestyle for your children.
One of the best things you can do to encourage an active lifestyle is by participating in your kid's activities and leading an active lifestyle yourself. You are the role model for your children. If they see your prioritizing physical health, they are likely to do the same.
Try to set aside time for yourself to exercise, even if it is just 20 minutes a few times a week. If there is something you enjoy doing that is not kid-friendly, like a spin or kickboxing class, this is the time to do it. If squeezing that time in is just too difficult during this phase of life, that is OK! As mentioned, find physical activities that you can do with your kids that you both enjoy. Walk to the park and play hide-and-seek. Go on a bike ride. Play an age-appropriate dance video and have a dance party.
If you have a backyard, this is a great place to burn off some energy, especially if you live somewhere that is warm year-round. While you can take advantage of free outdoor activities, such as playing in the sprinkler or throwing a ball around, the backyard is an excellent place to make investments if you have the budget. Consider purchasing a playset or choosing one of many custom inground pools in Santa Rosa Beach. Both these options offer hours of active entertainment for you kids, even as they get older.
Create a Schedule
A schedule is a wonderful way to create structure for you and your children. Plus, it is a (nearly) sure-fire way to make sure physical activity is included throughout the day. Depending on your kid’s ages, the schedule should include tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, chores, homework, screen time, physical activity and extracurricular activities, such as music lessons.
Make creating a schedule fun by getting your kids involved. If you search for “create a schedule for kids” or something along those lines on Pinterest, you will get tons of ideas. Purchase any products you might need and sit down with your kids to build the schedule. A good way to make it interactive is by having something your children can use to mark an item complete, such as stickers or magnets. If you have young kids, the schedule might be more loose but you can create consistency by setting allotted times for each item, such as one hour of outdoor playtime a day, 15 minutes of coloring a day and 30 minutes of reading a day.
Enroll Kids in Sports
Finally, signing your kids up for organized sports not only promotes an active lifestyle but also expands their social skills and helps them make new friends. When they are younger, have them try a few different sports to see what they enjoy and get an idea of what they might excel in. If you are new to the area or not familiar with the leagues your town offers, try a simple Google search or ask around on local social media pages to see what leagues are preferred.
Keeping you children active, while not always easy, is necessary for their physical health. Consider the above recommendations for promoting an active lifestyle. Once you find something they enjoy, chances are they will be pulling you out the door for playtime!